Skin Cancer Protection
Skin Cancer Protection
- sunscreen agents
- sunscreen lotion
What is the information for this topic?
aging of the skin
- skin cancer such as
melanoma wrinklesand dark spots on the skin
- Apply sunscreen or sunblock to exposed skin.
- All year in tropical areas, and in late spring, summer and early fall in temperate areas, plan outdoor activities for the early morning or late afternoon. Ultraviolet rays are most intense from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
- Wear a hat, long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and sunglasses when outside for long periods of time.
- has a history of allergies to any skin products
- has any medical problems, particularly skin diseases, that may affect the use of sunscreen
- has food allergies to ingredients such as saccharin, other artificial sweeteners, or cinnamon spices
- is pregnant or breast-feeding
- is taking prescription medicine. Certain antibiotics, oral contraceptives, diuretics, antihistamines, and antidepressants are among the commonly used medicines that can increase sensitivity to the sun's rays.
- age. Sunscreen should never be used on babies younger than 6 months old without consulting a healthcare professional. Alcohol-based sunscreens should not be used on children younger than 5 years old.
- location. Mountains and other areas of high elevation or activities involving reflective surfaces, such as water, sand, snow, or concrete, may require extra precautions. These precautions may include long-sleeved shirts, wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, or goggles.
- the condition of a person's skin. A cream or lotion sunscreen is recommended for a person with dry skin. If a person has
oily skin, a gel-based or alcohol-based sunscreen may be better.
- the part of the body to be screened. A physical sunscreen like a hat should be worn to protect the nose and ears. A gel-based sunscreen is often suggested for the lips.
- the type of activity a person will be doing. A waterproof sunscreen works best for water play or sports that cause sweating.
- Apply them 30 minutes before sun exposure. Sunscreen products containing aminobenzoic acid, lisadimate, padimate O, or roxadimate should be applied 1 to 2 hours before sun exposure. Lip sunscreens should be applied 45 to 60 minutes before sun exposure.
- Follow directions on product labels carefully.
- Keep away from the eyes and mouth. Sunscreen should only be used externally.
- Reapply after swimming or sweating.
- Reapply every 1 to 2 hours.
- Reapply to the lips after eating, drinking, or swimming.
- burning, itching, or stinging of the skin
- redness or swelling of the skin
USP DI Vol. II - SUNSCREEN AGENTS (Topical)
Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, David E. Larson, 1996
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